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Easter Menus!

We will be having ham, of course.

There are 2 must have sides at our Easter dinner that my family cannot live without::

Garlic cheese grits.

Homemade pickled beets/pickled eggs( made with juice from the pickeled eggs.

Mar 30, 2009
corabeth in Home Cooking

Pie crust solution

Ditto for the lard. Don't buy the lard at the regular grocery. I get my lard at a local Mexican grocery. Much better than the lard at the regular grocery.

Dec 28, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

Shepherd's pie recipe?

I have a recipe that is my youngest son's favorite meal. It's not elegant, but just comfort food. I raised 4 children & this was an easy, quick filling & cheap dinner.

Shepherd's Pie

1 1/2 to 2 pounds ground chuck
1 can tomato soup
1 15 oz can of french syle green beans, drained
1 t seasoned salt
4 cups mashed potatoes( I use frozen mashed potatoes_
sliced Velveeta

Saute ground chuck, drain fat. Mix ground chuck, soup, green beans, seasoned salt. Pour into 9/13 casserole, spread potatoes over beef mixture, cover potatoes with sliced Velveeta. Bake at 350 for 25-30, until bubbly.

Dec 28, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

2008 Holiday Dinner Hits and Misses

Hit: Scalloped Oysters

Scalloped Oysters have been a Christmas tradition in my family beginning with my grandmother. I use her recipe- oysters, buttered saltine crumbs, cream, oyster liquor, Worcheseter sauce, salt, pepper.

On Christmas Eve I sent my husband to get the oysters. I forgot to tell him I wanted standard oysters. He came back with beautiful, plump selects. I'll never use standard oysters again. I loved the larger oysters, they were delicious

Dec 28, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

One of the easiest appetizers that folks go crazy for is:

Plop a large block of cream cheese on a plate. Spread a jar or jalapeno jelly over the cheese with Triscuits on the side.

Dec 28, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

"Dirty" recipes that are crowd pleasers

I make a similar recipe, but even more "dirty". The recipe name is "Cheesey Potatoes", but my daughter-in-law calls them "Sinful Potatoes".

1 big block Velveeta
1 1/2 bags Ore Ida Hash Brown potatoes
1 half pint (or maybe more) heavy cream
2 sticks butter
1-2 C shredded colby

Melt Velveeta, cream, butter. Mix with hashbrowns, stir in shredded cheese. Pour into greased 9 x 13 glass casserole. Bake at 350 until bubbly & golden brown on top.

Dec 28, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

Need a great meatloaf recipe

hill food,

"corabeth, you after my heart in severally interpretible ways."

Does your comemnt mean that "fat soaked bread" is one of your guiltyn pleasures, also?

Sep 08, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

Home-grown apples! Too many!

I make applesauce and freeze it instead of canning. I think the applesauce tastes fresher frozen than canned.

Peel,core and quarter the apples. Place in your heaviest pot, add a small aount of water & gently cook the apples until the apples are tender(do not cook to a mush, just until they can be broken apart) & the water is cooked away. Keep a close watch on the pot, the apples can go from just right to scorched in just a few seconds. I like my applesauce chunky so I just "mash" the apples with the end of a large whisk. Taste the apples & then add sugar to taste. If you like smooth applesauce & have a food mill, you can just core & quarter the apples(no need to peel), cook the apples and then put though the mill.

Sep 06, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

Best Fried-Chicken?

I buy my lard at a Mesican groceries in my area because it is the closest to home rendered lard.

Also, below is a link to a great explanation why lard is really better for us than "healthy’ partially hydrogenated vegetable fats".

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmd_blog/

Sep 06, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

Artery clogging foods

What is the most artery clogging food you've ever eaten? Here is mine:

My would have to be bread fried in hamburger fat. My mom would fry hamburgers in her cast iron skillet. After frying the hamburgers there woudl be 1/2 to 1 inch of beef fat in the skillet. The bread be soaked in the fat & then fried in a different pan. Oh boy -brown, crispy, with bits of ground beef.

I think I will fry some hamburgers this week!!!!

Sep 06, 2008
corabeth in General Topics

Need a great meatloaf recipe

I like both Ina Garten's and Alton Brown's recipes for meatloaf, but Paula Deen has s great hint for baking the meat loaf.

We do not like meatloaf made in a loaf pan, but baked on a flat pan , so the sides are crusty. Paula Deens suggests placing 2 pieces of bread underneath the meatloaf to catch all the fat that comes from the baking. I like to use ground chuck and ground pork for my meatloafs which means a fair amount of fat accumulates in the pan. The bread slices are perfect for "slopping" up the fat. Also, a guilty pleasure is eating the bread after baking. Fat soaked bread--yum, yum

Sep 06, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

Your mom's weird cooking ... and other stories? (recipes encouraged)

My mother, grandmothers, aunts, etc, were all excellent cooks. I grew up in West Virginia & their cooking style was just basic southern home cooking. Both sets of grandparents had dairy farms, so all the cooks in my family used fresh cream & butter in their cooking(my maternal grandmother made her own cottage cheese!) Also, all breads, yeast rolls, pie crusts, biscuits, were make with lard & the eggs were, of course, from their own chickens.

Meat was from home butchered steers and hogs, fresh killed chickens, & squirrels,rabbits(both wild & domestic). Vegetables & fruits were either grown in LARGE gardens or picked wild(blackberries, etc). The excess veggies and fruits were canned,frozen,made into jellies, jams, conserves, Hickory nuts were gathered to use in baking.

Now, of course if these ladies had been terrible cooks, then all those wonderful ingredients would have been ruined. But, they were all excellent cooks and bakers. It would take pages to list all the wonderful meals they produced.

I still use their recipes with the freshest ingredients I can find and now my daughter is also cooking in the same way. When our family gets together for holiday,birthday meals I cook very much the same way my mother, grandmothers, & aunts cooked- fried chicken with all the "fixens" is their favorite and I am nto allowed to deviate in any way from the my tried & true menu.

Sep 06, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

Easter Menu Spiral Ham and......Help!!!!

I always make garlic cheese grits with ham. Cooked grits(made with whole milk or half & half), colby cheddar, garlic, butter, eggs. Really good.

Also, I always make pickled eggs. Hard boiled eggs marinated for several days in the juice from pickled beets.

Mar 19, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

Theory of meatloaf: need help, mine come out like bricks

I am on lowcarb & I add crushed pork rinds to my meatloaf. I will try minced mushrooms instead.

Also, I do not bake my meatloaf in a loaf pan, we like the "crust" on the outside of the meatloaf so I bake it on a foil covered pizza pan. Paula Deen has a great hint for cooking a meatloaf- place 2 pieces of bread under the meatloaf, the bread soaks up all the fat. This is great for me as I like to use either regular ground beef or ground chuck for the flavor.

Mar 10, 2008
corabeth in Home Cooking

Diners and burger joints in Indiana needed for summer jaunts

The Chicken Place in Ireland, In has wonderful fried chicken, also great fried chicken livers and gizzards. Don't miss the schooners of draft beer and german potatoes.

Ireland is just west of Jasper IN on IN St Rt 356.

May 26, 2007
corabeth in Great Lakes

All-time best sodas

Nehi grape or Nehi orange in the originall 16oz glass bottles. Icy cold from a large metal cooler filled with ice from the local gas station. Also, on picnics a large galvanized wash tub filled with ice & glass sodas. Your hands would freeze if you had to look all the way to the bottom of the tube for your favorite soda.

May 20, 2007
corabeth in General Topics

let's share a cooking "trick"

I add just a dash of sugar to some of my cooked vegetables- green beans(cooked southern style),corn, peas. If I leave it out , I can tell the difference. The veggies are just missing "something" without the sugar.

May 19, 2007
corabeth in Home Cooking

let's share a cooking "trick"

Phoebe,

Your uncle's farm sounds like my grandparents' farm in West Virginia. they had a dairy farm, hand milked 4 Jersey cows morning & evening. My grandmither cooked everything with cream & freshly churned butterr. Fresh eggs, home-cured ham or sausage for breakfast. The best hot rolls ever. Fresh fruites & veggies spring, summer & fall. Canned, frozen & preserved fruits & vegggies in the winter. I can't begin to list all the great pies, cakes, cookies and desserts my grandmother made. I would give a million dollars to go back & spend a summer week with them!!!

May 19, 2007
corabeth in Home Cooking

Vincennes, IN

I don't know about Vincennes, but if you don't mind a drive through the Indiana countryside(very pretty this time of year), you can't go wrong with "The Chicken Place" in Ireland, IN. It is about a 1 hour drive southeast of Vincennes.

The BEST fried chicken, fried chicken livers and gizzards, german style fried potatoes and great beer on tap in giagantic chilled mugs.

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

So many good things:

cottage cheese with grape jelly mixed in(my grandmother made her own cottage cheese and her own homemade jelly

saltine crackers & milk or buttermilk. I like to put the milk in the freezer so it is icy cold

hot dog sandwiches- broil hot dogs,split almost down the middle,spread apart on white bread with mayo and catsup,fried balony sandwiches made the same way.

"sweet rice", cooked rice with butter, sugar,milk or cream,nutmeg

milk toast- make toast,while toast is still warm sprinkle with sugar,nutmeg,eat in bowl with milk

fried

Apr 30, 2007
corabeth in Home Cooking

GREEN BEANS WITH BACON VINAIGRETTE

The sauce recipe is very similar to the wilted lettuce dressing that I make. The recipe was passed down from my mother & grandmother.
I make wilted lettuce all year round, but best is in the spring when the leaf lettuce is so fresh & tender.

Feb 15, 2007
corabeth in Home Cooking

Nigella's Bread with Warm milk comfort food

I'm sure it would be good with cinnamon, but we have always used nutmeg. I do this mostly in the winter. It seems such a comfort food .

Feb 08, 2007
corabeth in Home Cooking

Nigella's Bread with Warm milk comfort food

My mother also made "milk toast". As soon as she took the toast out of the toaster, she would sprinkle the toast with sugar and nutmeg,tear into pieces and cover with cold milk. My mother grew up on a farm & she remembers eating milk toast when other breakfast items were in short supply(chickens not laying, just before the butchering when the bacon & ham from last year were all gone). Also, I love saltine crackers and cold milk.

Jan 28, 2007
corabeth in Home Cooking

Looking for Local Food fares of Indy and Chicago

Indy Eats:

White Castle restaurants are all over Indy, so maybe some sliders. I know that you can get boxes of frozen sliders online.

As to desserts, sugar cream pie is definetly a Indiana traditional favorite.

indiana 70 then 74 Pork tenderloin search

The Nickel Plate in Fishers,IN also has an excellent breaded tenderloin. When coming into INDY on I-70 go north on I-465(Indy beltway) to the I-69 exit north. Go to the 2nd exit, Fishers, then turn left(west) at the exit approximately 1/2 mile to the Nickel Plate. It will be on the right side, next to the railroad. It is just a 10 minute detour from I-465.

CEASAR SALAD

Here is my version. It is a favorite withn my family. all my children ask for it on their birthdays.

10-12 cups torn heart of romaine
5-6 anchovies
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
2-3 minced garlic cloves
1-2 T Worchester sauce
1 large or 2 small lemons
2 coddled eggs(recipe below)
1/2 c fresh grated Parmesan cheese
fresh ground pepper
homemade croutons(recipe below)

In bottom of sald bowl mash together anchovies,garlic,Worchester sauce. Whisk in olive oil. Add romaine,squeeze lemons over lettuce, crack eggs over lettuce. Lightly toss, making sure to well distribute all ingredients. Add cheese & croutons. Have extra whole anchovies available for anchovies lovers.

Coddled eggs- place eggs in cup, cover with hot tap water to bring to room temperature. Place eggs in boiling water for 30 seconds only. Immediately remove eggs and place in ice water to stop eggs from cooking.

Homemade croutons- 4 cups 3/4" brad cubes(I like to use sourdough bread). Dip bread cubes in olive oil, place on cookie sheet in 325 degree oven for approximately 15 minutes until crisp & golden.

Sep 28, 2006
corabeth in Home Cooking

Sushi in Indy/What to order?

We are sushi beginners. Wanting to know best sushi restaurants in Indy. Also, what to order- sashimi, rolls, etc.

I-64 eats?

A big AMEN to Tmararac. The food is terrific, best coconut cream pie I have ever tasted. The Greenbrier is renowned world wide for the quality of it food and it is a real treat to enjoy it at such a reasonable price.

I agree.. A MUST STOP.